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Jorge Rivas

Jorge Rivas
Jorge Rivas Multimedia Editor / Pop Culture Blogger
Los Angeles, CA

Jorge Rivas is multimedia editor and pop culture blogger for Colorlines.com. A firm believer in the power of visual communications to inform and move people into action, Jorge uses multimedia presentations to help readers build stronger connections to stories. Jorge has covered the public housing crisis in a post-Katrina New Orleans, the effects of deportation on families, and brought live images of the President Obama's inauguration to Colorlines.com readers.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jorge started in broadcast as an intern at the age of 16 and since worked in the entertainment industry and on international advertising campaigns. Jorge received his B.A. in Raza Studies from San Francisco State University where he studied immigration, healthcare perspectives and the interrelationship of culture, community, and the internet. Prior to joining Applied Research Center (ARC) and Colorlines.com in 2005, Rivas worked on a living wage campaign in Brooklyn, NY through the Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP).

Jorge uses his media and ethnic studies background to deconstruct representation of people of color in pop culture, illustrating how pop culture can shape opinions, perceptions and even public policy. Jorge's work has appeared on Elle.com, Essence.com, Racialicious, The Root, Alternet, and Feministing.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Swine Flu Infecting Immigration Debate

by Jorge Rivas on May 1 2009, 10:18AM

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger It’s no shock that those long-opposed to All Things Immigrant are using the Swine Flu outbreak—which has mostly affected Mexicans at this point—to ratchet anti-immigrant rhetoric up to an irresponsible level. It’s disappointing though, especially…

Topics: Immigration

Women of Color and Their Views on Change at 100 Days

by Jorge Rivas on May 1 2009, 9:30AM

“There is no word to describe either my pain as an African American, or my joy as an African American.”—Barbara Major, New Orleans, LA Marking the Obama Administration’s 100th Day in Office, Women of Color United Releases New Report…

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How the President Fared In the Press vs. Clinton and Bush

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2009, 5:00PM

via Journalism.org, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George Bush during their first months…

Topics: Media

‘Mexican Flu’ My A*s.

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2009, 1:41PM

‘Mexican Flu’ my ass. via The Angry Black Woman Too busy for analysis right now, but submitting this for your consideration. I think most of us have noticed how right-wing pundits are using racist fearmongering tactics to blame the swine…

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Listen to Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race in Review: The First 100 Days [AUDIO]

by Jorge Rivas on April 28 2009, 3:22PM

If you missed today’s Racial Justice Forum call ‘Race in Review: The First 100 Days’ you can listen to or download a recording below. Dowload MP3 A special thank you to today’s presenters: • Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink • Tarso…

Topics: The Compact, Video & Multimedia

100 Days of Obama: Cheerleaders, Haters and Us

by Jorge Rivas on April 28 2009, 11:29AM

After a hundred days, Obama has his cheerleaders, naysayers, and even haters. But talk is cheap. This movement is about the justice that we make by working together. Watch ARC’s Tammy Johnson as she takes on herself debating different…

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It’s Not too Late to Register, ‘Race in Review: The first 100 Days’ Tomorrow

by Jorge Rivas on April 27 2009, 11:00AM

As President Obama approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency his job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. But are we on the road for racial justice? What do you think? What is your assessment…

Topics: The Compact

Not in my Backyard?

by Jorge Rivas on April 27 2009, 8:05AM

written by Sheryl-Ann Simpson via Speak Fierce! As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the stage and began his tirade against Israel, it seems as if the predictions and justifications the U.S., and other Western countries, used to boycott the UN anti-racism…

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Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Even Higher Personal Ratings, but What About Racial Justice?

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2009, 12:12PM

As President Obama approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency his job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. But are we on the road for racial justice? What do you think? What is your assessment…

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Supreme Court is Neither Hot nor Bothered by Strip Searches in Schools

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2009, 12:01PM

By Dahlia Lithwick via Slate When constitutional historians sit down someday to compile the definitive Supreme Court Concordance of Not Getting It, the entry directly next to Lilly Ledbetter ("Court fails utterly to understand realities of gender pay discrimination") will…

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It’s Official: Majority of California Latinos Are Pro-Choice

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2009, 9:38AM

Latinos in California are more progressive than mainstream media presents us, these days even Spanish-language media is co-opting the idea that Latinos can’t look past religious ties. According to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, “the majority…

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Asian Americans Increasingly Favorable of U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on April 22 2009, 10:00AM

via New America Media WASHINGTON DC – Public attitudes toward Asian Americans in the United States are increasingly positive, according to a recent report. Citing the survey, Chinese language newspaper World Journal reports that only 9 percent of the general…

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Sorority Discusses Latina Suicides

by Jorge Rivas on April 22 2009, 7:58AM

One in six Latinas will attempt suicide between the ages of 11 and 17. That was just one of the statistics students heard Monday night at El Silencio: Latino Teenage Suicide, a workshop hosted by Penn state’s Chi Upsilon…

Topics: Health

As Long as ‘Latino’ Is Synonymous With ‘Immigrant,’ We Will Remain a Class Apart

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2009, 2:02PM

via AlterNet Here we go, once more, into the political battlefield that is “immigration reform.” As the respective armies assemble to hash out who deserves citizenship and at what cost, we question whether true citizenship can be won by Latinos,…

Topics: Immigration

RaceWire Editors Jorge Rivas and Julianne Hing at Netroots SF

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2009, 9:22AM

RaceWire will be a little slower today. RW editors Julianne Hing and I will be at the Netroots Bay Area New Media Summit. If you’re attending we want to meet you! Hope to see some of you there. Follow me…

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Why We Don’t Condemn Our Pirates in Somalia

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2009, 9:59AM

via AlterNet, URB Magazine Can anyone ever really be for piracy? Outside of sea bandits, and young girls fantasizing of Johnny Depp, would anyone with an honest regard for good human conduct really say that they are in support…

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Listen to Compact for Racial Justice Forum Call - Race & Recession [AUDIO]

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2009, 9:39AM

If you missed yesterday’s Racial Justice Forum call on “Race & Recession” you can listen to or download a recording below. Dowload MP3 A special thank you to yesterday’s presenters: • Jose Garcia, Associate Director for Research and Policy, DEMOS…

Topics: The Compact, Video & Multimedia

Race & Recession: Median Earnings & Unemployment by Race

by Jorge Rivas on April 14 2009, 12:45PM

A special entry, part of the Race & Recession Compact Forum Call. The Numbers are grim during this recession for people of color. We have been feeling the impact of the downturn disproportionately because of the cumulative effects of structural…

Topics: Economy, The Compact

It’s Not too Late to Register: Race and Recession Call Tomorrow

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2009, 1:32PM

There is still time to register to tomorrow’s Race and Recession call. Don’t miss it. RSVP to Tuesday’s Compact Phone Forum: Race and Recession •Tuesday, April 14th, 1pm PST / 4pm EST Everybody’s saying that during economic crisis, we…

Topics: The Compact

President Obama’s Tax Proposals Could be Sharply Improved

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2009, 12:06AM

United for a Fair Economy (UFE), a non-partisan organization working to reduce economic equality, has released a report that concludes that President Obama’s tax proposals could be sharply improved. “Safe, Fair and Sustainable: Do President Obama’s Tax Proposals Measure Up?”…

Topics: Economy